Information Technology Specialist (INFOSEC)

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Rosslyn, Virginia
Posted
Sep 14, 2019
Closes
Sep 20, 2019
Function
Administrative
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

This position is located in the Special Security Operations Division, Office of Information Security, Bureau of Diplomatic Security, Department of State. The incumbent is responsible for developing security operations standards, conducting training and awareness sessions in audit and evaluation inspections.

If eligible, applicants to this announcement may be referred to other positions in other Bureaus/Offices in the Department.

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Responsibilities

  • Develops and coordinates policies and standards for use throughout the Department of State (DOS) for Information Technology systems that process Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI).
  • Leads or participates in evaluations to review and assess the appropriateness of existing standards and to determine the need for additional or revised standards.
  • Develops and documents security evaluation test plans and procedures.
  • Conducts security testing, analyzes results, documents risks, and recommends countermeasures.


Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
13

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • One year probationary period, unless excepted by regulation.
  • Obtain/maintain eligibility to access Sensitive Compartmented Information
  • Incumbent will be subject to random drug testing.
  • Verification of employment eligibility in the United States is required.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance.


Qualifications

Applicants must meet all the required qualification requirements, including education, and any selective placement factors described below by the closing date of this announcement.

If you are qualifying based on education OR if there are mandatory education requirements listed below, you MUST submit a copy of your college transcript with your application.

NOTE: Applicants must meet time-in-grade and time after competitive appointment requirements, by the closing date of this announcement.

Time-In-Grade Requirements: Federal applicants must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade to satisfy time-in-grade restrictions, per 5CFR 300, Subpart F.

Applicants applying for the GS-13 grade level must meet the following requirements:

Have IT-related experience demonstrating EACH of the four competencies AND specialized experience listed below:
  • Attention to Detail - Demonstrates a high level of attention to detail by determining specifications of secure functional design requirements, and ensuring the implementation of systems security policies. Thorough conscientious and meticulous interpreting of technical specifications and requirements. Ability to analyze and apply specialized Intelligence Community network security methods and analytical techniques involving IC network security systems
  • Customer Service - Demonstrate a high level of ability to serve customers by advising and counseling managers or other officials to accept and implement findings and recommendations on organizational improvement or program effectiveness. Assess results of network vulnerabilities to identify possible areas of compromise, and provide recommendations for information security protection. Assists with corrective action when security deficiencies or violations are suspected or detected. Provides assistance and guidance regarding available security products and services.
  • Oral Communication - Demonstrate a high level of skill in communicating orally ensuring that systems, networks, and data users are aware of and understand and adhere to system security policies and procedures. Expresses information to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information. Makes clear and convincing oral presentations.
  • Problem Solving - Demonstrate ability to solve and prioritize problems by identifying vulnerabilities and risks of planned and installed information systems. Ability to assess security events to determine impact and implement corrective actions that ensure the rigorous application of information security policies, principles, and practices in the delivery of all IT services. Assess security risks and protection needs to resolve issues and problems.

  • AND

    Have at least 1 full year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level in the Federal service which provided you with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of the position. Qualifying specialized experience must demonstrate the following:

    - Experience interpreting and working with legislation, Intelligence Community Directives, organizational, department and national policies and standards related to information technology (IT); e.g., CNSSI 1253, NIST SP 800-53, etc.

    - Experience developing methodology and procedures for establishing, operating and assessing the effectiveness of a Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) Security Program in accordance with applicable regulations.

    - Experience working with the assessment and the authorization process of Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) IT systems.

    - Experience in developing risk assessment reports based on review of security plans.

    - Experience effectively interacting with senior officials throughout the Intelligence Community.

    NOTE: In order to qualify for this position, your experience MUST be IT related; the experience may be demonstrated by paid or unpaid experience and/or completion of specific, intensive training (for example, IT certification), as appropriate.

    There is no substitute of education for specialized experience for the GS-13 position.

    Education

    See the qualifications section of this vacancy announcement for education requirements, if applicable.

    Additional information

    For reasonable accommodation at the U.S. Department of State, please contact the Office of Accessibility and Accommodations at (202) 663-3474 or ReasonableAccommodations@state.gov.

    EMPLOYMENT ELIGIBILITY VERIFICATION PROGRAM (E-Verify) - U.S. law requires organizations to employ only individuals who may legally work in the United States - either U.S. citizens, or foreign citizens who have the necessary authorization. This agency utilizes E-Verify to compare information from the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, to data from U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Social Security Administration (SSA) records to confirm employment eligibility. If the employee's information does not match DHS and/or SSA records, the employee is given an opportunity to resolve the problem. If eligibility cannot be verified, employment will be terminated.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following knowledge, skills, abilities (KSAs) and other characteristics that are relevant to the duties of this position and must be fully supported by information in your resume:

    - Knowledge of U.S. government Information Technology security policies principles and standards.

    - Knowledge of Intelligence Community (IC) policies and standards for the protection of SCI processed on Information Technology (IT) systems.

    - Ability to interpret and apply knowledge of IC policies and standards to assess overall program effectiveness.

    - Ability to negotiate effectively with management to accept and implement recommendations.

    Your resume serves as the basis for qualification determinations and must highlight your most relevant and significant work experience and education (if applicable) as it relates to this job opportunity. Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Your resume should include the dates of all qualifying experience (from month/year to month/year) and the number of hours worked/volunteered per week. For assistance with creating a resume, please click
    here .

    Qualified candidates are assigned a score between 70 and 100. Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) candidates must be rated "Well Qualified" for the position and earn a score of at least 85 (when applicants are rated in a range of 70 to 100) to receive consideration for special priority.

    If, after reviewing your resume and self-assessment questionnaire responses and a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, a score will be manually determined that reflects your documented experience. This may result in a lower score, which may also eliminate you from consideration for this position.

    Applicants must meet all the qualification requirements and submit any required supporting documentation by the closing date of this job opportunity. Your application package must contain sufficient information to make a valid determination that you fully meet the basic/specialized experience requirements as stated in this job opportunity announcement for each grade level(s) for which you are applying. Applicants found to be among the top qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring official for further consideration and possible interview.

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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Sensitive Compartmented Information

    Drug test required
    Yes

    Required Documents

    All required documents listed below, that are applicable to you, must be submitted to our automated system "Gateway to State" by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.

    1. Resume - your resume or any other written format you choose should contain the required information as specified in the "How You Will Be Evaluated" section. Insufficient information will result in an ineligible rating.

    2. A completed online job specific self-assessment questionnaire through the Department's automated system "Gateway to State".

    3. Transcripts - if applicable, see the Qualifications section of the announcement. If selected, an official/sealed college transcript(s) will be required to verify education prior to employment.

    4. If you are qualifying based on other criteria listed under the Qualification Section of this announcement, you must submit the required supporting documentation (certificates, certifications, etc.) with your application by the closing date.

    5. Performance Appraisal - All current Federal employees and reinstatement eligible applicants must submit a copy of your most recent completed annual performance appraisal that includes the final rating. If a performance appraisal does not exist, is incomplete or unavailable, a Form DS-1812 (Applicant Appraisal) or equivalent form from another agency signed by the current supervisor is acceptable. Mid-year progress reviews will not be accepted.

    6. Current, former, and non-competitive Federal employees must submit SF-50s (Notification of Personnel Action) that show: effective date, position title, series, grade, salary, tenure, position occupied, full promotion potential, and name of agency. Examples include promotion & within-grade increase actions. Award SF-50s often do not show this information. Multiple SF-50s may be needed to show all information.

    7. Veterans who are preference eligibles OR who have been separated from the Armed Forces under honorable conditions (honorable or general discharge) after 3 or more years of continuous active service may apply under the Veterans Employment Opportunities act (VEOA). You must submit a DD-214 Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (Member Copy 4 is preferable) showing the dates you served as well as your type of discharge and qualifying service campaign medals OR if you are still on active duty, you MUST submit a certification on letterhead from your military branch which contains your military service dates, expected date of discharge or release, and the character of service to show that your military service was performed under honorable conditions. The expected date of discharge or release must be no later than 120 days after the certification is submitted for consideration for this job announcement.

    Current Federal employees applying under the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA) must submit a qualifying SF-50 to show you meet time-in-grade requirements.

    If you are applying as a preference eligible with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more, in addition to the DD-214 or certification, you must also submit a current version of the SF-15 (Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference), dated October 2013, and the required supporting documents listed on that form. Previous editions of the SF-15 will not be accepted. For more information on veterans' preference, click here .

    To gain access to your DD-214 online, please visit: http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/get-service-records.html. For more information on Veteran Authorities, consult the Vet Guide .

    8. CTAP/ICTAP eligibles must submit a copy of the appropriate documentation with their application. See links below:

    ICTAP Considerations

    CTAP Considerations

    9. If you are applying under a special hiring authority you MUST submit proof of eligibility with your application. For information related to special hiring authorities for severely disabled persons visit: http://www.opm.gov/disability/PeopleWithDisabilities.asp

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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